• Teen accused in beatings, carjackings to stay in jail

    By: Steve Gehlbach


    DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Steven Spigner responded “no” to questions asking if he carjacked or punched four women. The 17-year-old faced a judge in DeKalb County Friday afternoon in a first appearance in two of the linked cases.
    Even with the arrest, Atlanta police detectives said their investigation is not over.
    “There are other suspects out there that we are currently working,” said APD investigator Lakea Gaither.
    Police are still looking for two, possibly three more suspects.
    Spigner was also indicted by a grand jury Friday in Fulton County for charges connected to the violent beating and carjacking outside Phipps Plaza in Buckhead earlier this month.
    Police say the victim, Michelle Wing, helped with crucial eyewitness evidence.
    “Mrs. Wing was able to identify Mr. Spigner through a photographic lineup,” said investigator Tyron Dennis of the Atlanta Police Department.
    The first of four carjackings or robberies happened July 5 in the parking deck of the Edgewood shopping center off Moreland Avenue in DeKalb County. Police said Spigner punched a woman in the face before stealing her Mercedes SUV.
    Detectives said the same stolen car was used two days later nearby on E. Lake Boulevard. A woman walking down the street was punched and robbed of her purse and cellphone.
    Spigner was arrested three days after the Phipps Plaza attack for a crime that happened July 12. Police said he got into the car of a woman in the parking lot of a Long John Silver’s restaurant on Moreland, but the driver wouldn’t give it up without a fight.
    “The victim tried to stop him and jumped on the hood of her car,” said Dennis.
    Spigner was already in jail without bond on the initial arrest when he was charged in the three other cases. He will stay locked up until his preliminary hearing set for August 25 in DeKalb County Superior Court.
    But Atlanta police said they need anyone with information about other possible suspects to come forward.

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